Detroit Lions OC Demands $15M to Stay as Head Coach

The hottest head coaching candidate of the last two hiring cycles is staying put. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson told the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders that he will return to Detroit for another season, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The 37-year-old coach also had head coaching interviews with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee Titans. This is the second time that Johnson has pulled his name out of the head coaching conversation. Johnson’s resume was even better in his second season as offensive coordinator. In 2023, the Lions put up the second-most points in franchise history according to Pro Football Reference. According to FTN, the 2023 Lions posted their first top-five finish in offensive DVOA since at least 1981. Part of the reason Johnson wants to stay in Detroit, according to ESPN Commanders reporter Nicki Jhabvala, is that he wants to win a Super Bowl. The Commanders and Seahawks, on the other hand, are pretty far from legitimate contention. However, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Johnson wasn’t necessarily a lock for a head coaching position this cycle. Johnson is returning to the head coach who gave him his first coordinator opportunity in Dan Campbell. In an interview with Kevin Clark, Johnson defined the unique relationship he had with Campbell, specifically outlining how badly he doesn’t want to disappoint him. Johnson may have disappointed Campbell with some of his play calls in the Lions’ collapse in the NFC Championship.